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OHVMA Member Focus

Anne H. McGookey


Firelands Regional Medical Center

Sandusky, Ohio


Member:  Joined in July 1996


Q:  What does being an OHVMA member mean to you as a professional?

A:  Being a part of this special group means learning from the best and the brightest, along with sharing all the challenges of volunteer management.  The meetings and conferences re-energize me with the fresh ideas, concepts and networking.  The friendships I have made over the years are simply priceless and hopefully will last beyond retirement!

Q:  What is your most successful program and why?

A:  Hearts and Hands From Home:  knitters, seamstresses make pillows, teddy bears and busy blankets enhancing patient satisfaction.  Also, Patient/Guest Relations position:  interacting with acute care patients to offer non-medical support.

Q:  What drew you to volunteer management?  How did you get started?

A:  I “volunteered’ to take over a non-profit that utilized volunteers for its mission in 1983.  The transition to healthcare volunteer management seems logical and worthwhile (and paid better J)

Q:  Three words that describe you:

A:  Practical, creative, loyal

Q:  What is the most challenging about your position? 

A:  Keeping everyone happy and engaged; volunteers, staff and department directors!

Q:  What has been your proudest moment?

A:  Raising two successful, loving sons as a single, working parent.

Q:  How do you define success?

A:  Success should be measured by one’s own self-worth and having the respect of family, friends and co-workers.

Q:  If you were stuck on an island – what three things would you bring?

A:  Good books, good wine and  ….. (still debating whether to take the hubby along ).

Q:  What advice would you give to a recent Volunteer Director Newbie?

A:  Network with your peers; take time to know each of your volunteers on a personal level, and embrace contact change!

Q:  What are your hopes for our profession?

A:  To be able to continue to recruit compassionate, caring and dedicated volunteers.  They are the reason our positions are needed and valued.

Q:  What did you want to be when you grew up? 

A:  I wanted to be a flight attendant because I love to travel.

Q:  What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

A:  Flexibility.  It is getting harder and harder to find volunteers willing to make a weekly commitment.  Healthcare has evolved so many times in the last 23 years, adaptability is a must!

Q:  You’d like to be famous for:

A:  My sense of humor!


Thank you!  Again, Ms. Anne 

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